Laryngo-pharyngeal reflux - made a decision to visit the Mayo Clinic
Hello, I’ve made a decision to visit the Mayo Clinic in a last-ditch effort to correctly diagnose and treat what’s going on with me. I’ve had a history of LPR (laryngo-pharyngeal reflux) for several years – had surgery twice. 2010, had the Hill Repair (similar to a Nissen) done and most recently an operation to fix a hiatal hernia that I thought was at the root of my most recent symptoms.
It helped a good bit, however, most of my symptoms have persisted. I have throat irritation, wheezing, coughing spells (without much being coughed up, and when something does come up it’s thin and clear), need to clear my throat often, discomfort breathing (chest/upper airway congestion), and strangely, a yellow tongue and and a “cool” or tingling on my tongue at times, as though I’ve been sucking on a mint.
My Lower esophageal sphincter is very tight; I’d be very surprised if any acid at all is coming up from the stomach. However, my upper ES is weak, so I’m concerned that I’m chronically aspirating food and liquid particles, and it’s irritating my airway and lungs. Most of my doctors have failed to show any interest in playing detective or taking much initiative; it’s pretty much had to be me doing research and suggesting tests/courses of action. I’m really hoping the Mayo will be able to nail down what’s happening and how to alleviate or cure it.